October 2, 1998. Minneapolis Public Library (MPL) will install its new INNOPAC Millennium library automation system from Innovative Interfaces, replacing a GEAC 9000 system. With this system, the largest public library in Minnesota will be able to provide patrons with a wider range of features and services, including a gateway to the resources of the World Wide Web. MPL's INNOPAC Millennium system will operate on a TCP/IP network. Users will be able to select either graphical or text-based options for searching and will find dramatic improvements when viewing records, placing holds, and renewing materials.
Minneapolis Public Library Director Mary Lawson said: "With Innovative's technology, we will serve people better by offering a powerful and user-friendly interface that integrates access to MPL's catalog with locally-developed information, digital databases, the World Wide Web, and a gateway to other library catalogs and resources. This new interface will allow MPL to become part of the emerging network infrastructure being developed throughout Minnesota and the world. The new library system will also be a powerful tool for improving operational information and efficiency, offering real-time statistical reporting that will support decision-making for better collection development decisions."
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide the Minneapolis Public Library system with the state-of-the-art INNOPAC Millennium system with its Web OPAC and Java-based client/server architecture in all modules," said Innovative Executive Vice-President Stephen M. Silberstein. "This large library system is the tenth public library to have chosen INNOPAC Millennium so far this calendar year, and we look forward to working in partnership with them to serve the citizens of Minneapolis."
MPL's Central Library and 14 community branches hold more than 3.2 million books and non-print materials and lend close to three million items annually. The library subscribes to almost 3,000 periodicals; staff answer approximately 2.5 million reference questions each year.